The Persian Caravan Train

discover Iran by private train - 12 days tour
From legendary hospitality of the Iranian people to the thousand-year-old culture and traditions, riches and wonders await those who have the courage to go beyond the clichès and the adverts. The Persian Caravan train tour is an iconic experience of discovering the story of Persia. This all-inclusive adventure will take you through richly diverse landscapes, cultures and heritage sites. The Persian Caravan train offers unique excursions with tours ranging from beloved Iranian cities such as Isfahan, well known for its beautiful historic architecture and magnificent Persian gardens that trace their design principles to the days of Shah Abbas. Pasargadae and Persepolis, cities of the Achaemenid Empire that rank among the world's greatest sites of antiquity and the warmness of the Iranian people. Yazd which is also very well known for its Zoroastrian fire temples, Persian handicrafts and its high quality confectionery as well as Kerman that is known for its tropical fruits and dates, excellent beef and dairy product. Over a week, The Persian Caravan train will delight all of your senses as you travel through Iran to reveal the pearl of Persia. During the day, the train provides a warm, naturally lit observation area. Here you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while taking in the scenery.

Day 1: Welcome to Tehran


There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Flights often arrive very late at night or early in the morning in Tehran. Keep in mind the evening welcome meeting when booking your travel. Arrive at Imam Khomeini International Airport in Iran, where you are met and transferred to our hotel located in city center of Tehran. Feel free to explore Tehran tonight, but make sure you are back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your tour leader will review the details of your tour. You will meet your fellow travelers at the welcome dinner. Overnight at 5* Hotel, Tehran
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Day 2: Tehran City Tour


After breakfast, we'll go to see National Museum of Iran which is an institution formed of two complexes, including the Museum of Ancient Iran and the Islamic Era. Then we go to visit a World Heritage Site, the Golestan Palace (Ethnographical Museum, Shams-ol-Emareh edifice, Marmare Throne and Mirror Hall) that was built during the Qajar Dynasty that rose to power in the late 1700's, this fabulous walled complex is centered on a landscaped garden with tranquil pools. We will then go back to the hotel to get prepared to start the train tour. At Evening we go to Tehran Nature Bridge where young couples spend time together. Dinner is in a local restaurant in the center of Tehran, which offers a chance to experience vibrant Iranian life in the capital of Iran. You're likely to meet smiling young Iranians who are delighted to engage with you. Overnight at 5* Hotel, Tehran
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Day 3: Tehran - Kashan - Isfahan


Today we arrive in Kashan, a town originally famous for its textiles and ceramic production, but now better known for the Fin Garden and extensive bazaar and hamams. The Fin Garden which is one of the nine Persian Gardens added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site is our first stop, a relaxing and visually impressive Persian garden with water channels all passing through a central pavilion. From here we will visit the Khan-e Borujerdi and Khan-e Tabatabai, These 19th-century houses were funded by wealthy merchants, and feature lovely courtyards, lush gardens and fine intricate relief design carved into stone and stucco work. From here we will visit the bazaar area, a widespread complex filled with hamams and mosques; one Hamam has been converted to a traditional tea house where we will stop for those who need a break from shopping. Then we will be at the train station at 5:30 PM and move to Isfahan. Overnight at 5* Hotel, Isfahan
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Day 4: Glorious, Historic Isfahan


As the 17th-century capital of the Safavid Empire, Isfahan was one of the world's greatest cities - architecturally striking, wealthy beyond imagine, and politically powerful with Europeans, Ottomans, Indians and Chinese coming to its court - the heart of the Persian Empire. We begin our exploration of the city, starting with some of the centuries old, still elegant bridges that span the Zayandeh River. The 4th-century Shahrestan Bridge is the oldest bridge in Iran. Continue our exploration in Isfahan at another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Simple at first glance but wondrous in its rich detail and bold design, the Masjed-e Jameh is another masterpiece of Iranian architecture. Next up is Chehel Sotun. This graceful pavilion was built by Shah Abbas I for entertainment and court receptions. This afternoon, our exploration continues in 17th-century Imam Square, one of the largest public spaces in the world. We'll visit the 17th-century Shah Mosque, revered as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. In the Ali Qapu Palace, we'll marvel at its beautiful music rooms and the balconies. We'll end our day exploring the Isfahan Bazaar near Imam Square. Overnight at 5* Hotel, Isfahan
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Day 5: Isfahan - Bam


After an early breakfast. We have a free day to explore Isfahan, so take time to wander along the cities many tree-lined boulevards and spacious gardens. Then we will be in the train station at 6:00 PM and move to Bam. Overnight on board of the train
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Day 6: Bam - Kerman


The modern Iranian city of Bam surrounds the Bam citadel. The ancient citadel of Arg-e Bam (A world heritage site) has a history dating back around 2,000 years ago, to the Parthian Empire, but most buildings were built during the Safavid dynasty. Today excursion to the Arg-e Bam, with all the architectural features of a desert citadel, now on the map as a result of the tragic earthquake in Bam which destroyed the town and its magnificent citadel (still under reconstruction and restorations), then we will move to Mahan to visit the blue-tiled Mausoleum of Shah Nematollah-e-Vali, the great 14th century Sufi Leader, and the Shahzadeh Garden (late 19th century Qajar-period garden/house) watch is listed as a World Heritage site. In the afternoon we will move to Kerman and after a short rest in the hotel we will be free to walk around the city. Overnight at 5* Hotel, Kerman
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Day 7: Kerman - Shahdad - Yazd


Kerman is one of the oldest cities of Iran. The city is home to many historic mosques and Zoroastrian fire temples. In the morning, after breakfast we will visit the Ganjali Bathhouse Museum Located in a Safavid-era complex, complete with school, caravanserai, and a mosque, the Bathhouse Museum is worth a visit. Now converted into an anthropology museum, its interior is meticulously and beautifully decorated, with different rooms for changing and offering different temperatures, all with intricate domed ceilings. Then we will drive to Shahdad. It is located at the edge of the vast Lut desert (A world heritage site). The desert offers a scenery of the sandy structures, and we can walk right through them. After that we will back to Kerman and will be at the train station to move to Yazd. Overnight on board the train
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Day 8: Ancient Yazd


Today we start our day in Yazd. Yazd is one of Iran'is oldest continuously inhabited towns, its silhouette punctuated by minarets and the ingeniously-designed wind towers that capture desert breezes to cool homes during the hot summer months. Yazd is also the center of Iran's Zoroastrian community. At the Tower of Silence, we'll learn about one of the traditions of this ancient pre-Islamic religion: Until the mid-1900's, the dead were transported to this tower where they were left to decompose and be devoured by birds. At the still-active Zoroastrian Fire Temple, we'll see a flame that is said to have been burning for the past 1,500 years. It's an important pilgrimage site for one of the world's oldest monotheistic religions. In Amir Chakhmaq Square, we'll see a very impressive Hussainia - a congregation hall for Shia commemoration ceremonies. With three tiers of recessed alcoves, all perfectly proportioned, its facade is one of the city's most photographed landmarks. Then we will visit the Friday Mosque, built in 1324, where we can gaze upon the tallest minarets in the country. Overnight at 5* Hotel, Yazd
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Day 9: Yazd - Meybod - Saadat Shahr


Today we take you to outside of Yazd, which includes the Meybod citadel, ice house and the impressive Kharanaq mud brick village. At first we will visit Meybod the oldest mud brick structure in Iran and explore the Narin Castel. The impressive town of Kharanaq is believed to be 1,000 years old and we can explore the abandoned structures of this hillside settlement, peering into the houses of wealthy merchants and human (bathhouses). Explore the valley and nearby mountains and get great pictures of the aqueducts that formed part of the underground water system. At night we will be at the train station to move to Saadat Shahr. Overnight on board the train
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Day 10: Saadat Shahr - Persepolis - Shiraz


Today we will visit Pasargadae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, tomb of Cyrus the Great and former capital of the Achaemenid Empire. We will spend some time exploring the site and though not as striking as Persepolis, there is a great viewpoint where we can look over the site and the surrounding area. Then visit legendary city of Persepolis, former capital of Darius the Great and founded in 512 BC. Though a shadow of its former self, the soaring pillars, terraces and sculptures of Persepolis still remain, but probably most impressive are the bas reliefs which line the site, telling the story of ancient governors and kings that came to Persepolis to pay tribute to the Persian Emperors. From here we will drive a couple of miles to Naqsh- e-Rustam, the Necropolis where Darius and his successors are buried. Carved into the side of a cliff, the site is extraordinary in its magnitude and sheer ambition and does not disappoint even after the impressive Persepolis. Continue to Shiraz and check in to our hotel. Overnight at 5* Hotel, Shiraz
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Day 11: Shiraz - Tehran


After breakfast, will start our full day tour of Shiraz. At first, we will visit Karim Khan Citadel. Built during the Zand Dynasty, we will visit Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque) few steps far from Vakil Bazaar. The mosque comes to life with the sunrise and colors dance throughout the day like whirling dervishes. It reflects on the ground, walls, the arches and the towering spires. It even reflects on the visitors as if a colorful ball is hit by the first sun ray and explodes to thousands of butterflies all around. Shiraz is famous for its gardens and we'll visit the Eram Garden with its aromatic myrtles, beautiful flowers, fruit trees, and towering cypress (one of which is said to be 3,000 years old). We will end our day in Shiraz on a tranquil note in the lovely garden tomb of Hafez, one of Persian literature most famous poets. Hafez is one of great poets who impressed everyone with his mastery. Later we'll be escorted to the train station and will move to Tehran. There will be a special event for guests in the evening. Overnight on board of the train
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Day 12: Tehran (Departure)


There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time to take your flights home. Overnight at 5* Hotel, Tehran
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General sales conditions


WHAT'S INCLUDED TO IRAN TRAIN TOUR

Arrival and departure airport transfer from/to Imam Khomeini (IKA) Airport
Travel with the private Life train (the only 5 star train in Iran).
5 star Hotels and also On Board Accommodation
Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner Daily
Guided Off-train Excursion
On Board Doctor And Medical Facilities
Porterage services
All entrance fees to sites mentioned on itinerary

WHAT'S EXCLUDED TO IRAN TRAIN TOUR

International air fares, taxes and surcharges
Items of a personal nature such as laundry or phone calls
Visa process fee
Visa costs
Tips to local guides and drivers

IMPORTANT NOTES - IRAN TRAIN TOUR

An arrival transfer is included on Iran train tour
This trip starts at 9:00 in the morning on day 1
The maximum check-in baggage allowance is 17 kg per person plus hand luggage.
Please note deposits for this trip are refundable and transferable (We only deduct the bank transfer fee) as per our terms and conditions.
You are required to pay a refundable deposit of 250 per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed.
A single supplement is available on Iran train tour.

Accommodation for Iran Train Tour

You will stay on the train that has 4 comfortable beds in each cabin and also hotels in Tehran, Isfahan, Yazd and Shiraz.

We use good quality hotels rated at the Iranian 5-star level on this tour. Accommodation is based on double or twin en-suite rooms with air conditioning.

All couples will have a private double room. Single travellers may choose to pay a single room supplement to guarantee themselves a single room throughout the Iran train tour. Alternatively, they may choose to share a twin room with another traveller of the same sex. If there are no other single travellers available to pair up with at the time of your booking, then we will add the single supplement to the tour price, but will refund this or deduct it from your balance payment if we are able to pair you up later on.


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Date:  Oct. 05, 2017  - Oct. 17, 2017
Availability:  28 seats left
Double Room:  3744.00 Euro €
Single Room:  4231.00 Euro €
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